Tasting Gin

Tasting Gin | Willliam Chase Gin

William Chase Gin is a gin I desperately wanted to love. William Chase is the only gin in England made from a neutral spirit made by the distillery; all other distilleries buy in their neutral spirit. Most gins are made with a grain based neutral spirit, William Chase make their spirits from cider apples. So […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Farmer’s Organic Gin

My beloved Gentleman Caller recently took a business trip to the States, and bless him, used up his entire duty-free allowance on gin for me. Didn’t bring home a single bottle of whisky for himself. Now that is true love. My first tasting is of a gin I hadn’t heard of before. Farmer’s Gin is a […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Stone Pine dry gin

A dear friend of mine has been touring the country in various plays for quite some years now, and in doing so discovered the Stone Pine Distillery in Bathurst. He’d been telling me about this wonderful gin for a year or so before he was back in the region and had the chance to pick […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Beefeater 24

After tasting the Crown Jewel we wanted to try the replacement, Beefeater 24. Of course our gracious host had a bottle on hand. THE PROCESS Beefeater 24 is infused for, wait for it, 24 hours, then distilled for seven hours. The website describes that the cut for Beefeater 24 is taken in the middle of […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Beefeater Crown Jewel

We were lucky to be invited to a housewarming party over the weekend. The host is a passionate spirits enthusiast. He has custom built shelves with down lights to house his collection. He even brews his own bitters. My first gin sample of the evening was St George’s Terrier gin. I’m not going to write […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Begin Gin

I was in Canberra over the weekend for a birthday party. Rooftop. 2pm. 38 degrees. Gin and tonic weather. We were staying right in the CBD so I expected easy access to a good liquor store, but no. The only option was a supermarket with a liquor section. All the spirits were locked behind glass, […] Read more…

A love letter of sorts to Bombay Sapphire

Dear Bombay Sapphire, You were the first good gin I met. Sure, I’d pilfered Vickers from Mum’s dusty liquor cabinet and survived a few years of Gordon’s and postmix in sticky uni bars, but you were my first real gin. And oh how I loved you! My grandmother introduced you to me. I can’t remember […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | G’Vine Floraison

I’m in Melbourne for Christmas and popped into Acland Cellars for a scout around their interesting range of imported spirits. (We’d had dinner at Blue Corn Mexican around the corner first, highly recommended!). They had a reasonable collection of uncommon gins, 47 Pink, both Martin Millers, Bulldog, as well as the usuals. I’ve had my […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Beefeater

I bought a bottle of Beefeater. I’ve always been suspicious of Beefeater. For a start I don’t eat beef. Yes, I know that’s not what it means, but it’s so inelegant it always struck me as the wrong name for a gin. Anyway, I was lulled into a false sense of security after enjoying a […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Tanqueray

I’ve noticed a rather prominent outdoor campaign across the bus shelters of Sydney for Tanqueray recently. I think they missed a trick promoting their regular gin, which is a solid mid-priced offering, rather than the premium Tanqueray Ten (or Tanq 10 as the cool kids say). I would have thought the trickle down from promoting […] Read more…

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